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Sisi touts victories for Egyptian women as election nears

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has made strides in politically empowering women in the past year and likely hopes the progress guarantees him a solid base of voters in the upcoming elections.
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CAIRO —  The Egyptian parliament approved an amendment on Jan. 14 to include new portfolios in Prime Minister Sharif Ismail’s government. The amendment, proposed by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, appoints Abu Bakr al-Jundi as minister of local development, Enas Abdul Dayem as minister of culture, Rania al-Mashat as minister of tourism and Khaled Mohammad Ali Badawi as minister of the business sector.

With this amendment, the Egyptian government would include six women holding ministerial portfolios, with Ghada Wali as minister of social solidarity, Hala al-Said as minister of planning and scientific research, Sahar Nasser as minister of international cooperation and Nabila Makram as minister of immigration and expatriate affairs, in addition to the newly appointed Abdul Dayem and Mashat.

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